In pre-fight interviews, Mohammed Ali used to channel the spirit of a comedian. Onstage, standup comic Chad Daniels seems to channel the spirit of a boxer. The Fergus Falls native brings the mentality of a pugilist to his act, which he first honed pulling double duty as the house emcee and karaoke host in a bar upstate. Dealing with rowdy drunks two shifts a night all week led him to develop a set of skills he didn't even know he possessed until what he calls his Daniel Laruso moment, where, like Mr. Miyagi's famous student, he found himself dispatching an opponent —in this case a heckler —with the greatest of ease. "Holy shit, I know comedy karate!" he says. Of late, the punchiest comic in the Midwest, one of City Pages' 2009 Artists of the Year, battled his way to fifth place in Comedy Central's Stand-Up Showdown, with his half-hour special being named one of the network's favorites. He also snagged a spot on Conan O'Brien's short-lived incarnation of The Tonight Show. But Minnesotans get to see Daniels in the ideal setting, onstage at Acme, his home club, throwing haymaker punchlines and doubling audience members over. 18+.
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